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Comparative Health Insurance


East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Gerard Anderson

Reviews the organization and financing of health systems in middle and high-income countries – focusing on population coverage, in terms of both how different groups are covered and the benefits package provided. Begins with a conceptual framework of financing flows in the health sector, and proceeds to identify a series of topics and case studies as the subject of specific lectures. Explores in depth the principal models for population coverage – including national health insurance, national health service, social insurance, private insurance, and mixed hybrid models. Provides case studies of health insurance coverage in specific countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Chile – with lessons drawn for transitional countries interested in expanding health insurance coverage.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the financing flows underpinning the delivery of health care services across various countries
  2. Describe the differences in financing and organizing health care services among countries at different levels of income and development
  3. Describe various pooling arrangements and the rationale for each
  4. Describe alternative roles for government in the health sector
  5. Describe the options for coordinating financing and service provision between the public and private sectors
  6. Make informed recommendations for how countries could reform their health sectors
  7. Conduct an analysis of a particular issue in comparative health insurance
Methods of Assessment:

short paper (20%), in-class quiz (20%), final paper outline (10%) and final paper (50%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate students are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required